When & Where The Viareggio Carnaval festival occurs on the four Sundays before Lent in the town of Viareggio in Tuscany- Italy.
What to expect There's parades, fireworks, marching bands and blocos with hundreds of people hanging off it ! The nightlife is amazing as Tuscans flock from neighbouring cities for the nightclubs. The highlight of this carnival are the carri these are giant paper mache figures operated by up to 10 experts. These figures usually feature politicians, actors and famous Tuscan and Italian pundits. Silvio Berlusconi has been known to frequent this carnival to inspect how his carri looks. The carri end up in the carnival museum in Viareggio for the rest of their post carnival life.
Getting there Book a flight into Pisa Airport in Italy here or you can book a train from any European city here
Viareggio Carneval Accommodation
Where to stay Tuscany has excellent accommodation: quality hotels and cheap casas in Italy can be booked here
Viareggio Carnival History
History This carnivel was first held in 1873 and artefacts from this can be found in the Viareggio carnival museum.